History's Greatest Human Resources Error

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Employee of the Month: Harold "Kim" Philby

From Russia With Love: In 1940, Kim Philby passed his security clearance with flying colors and was inducted into His Majesty's Secret Service—the legendary British foreign intelligence office known as MI6. During the next 20-some years, Philby slowly worked his way up the chain of command and was eventually promoted to head of Soviet Affairs. For a while, he was even being groomed to be MI6's next Director General. But, unbeknownst to MI6, Philby had another employer. Since 1934, he'd secretly been working as an agent for the KGB.

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This summer, we'll be re-running parts of "The 20 Greatest Mistaikes in History," Maggie Koerth-Baker's cover story from March-April 2007. For other installments, click here.